Considering that Saturday Night Live and America's Got Talent are both in the NBC family, you'd think the talent series would be safe from the weekend show's wise cracks. Well, think again.
On the latest episode of SNL, guest star Jonah Hill and several cast members poked fun at AGT by creating a sketch entitled America's Got Talent: Wait, They're Good? In it, Jonah, Melisa Villaseñor, Cecily Strong, Leslie Jones, and Kenan Thompson stepped on stage acting like they had never performed before (or believed they had talent). After a brief chat with the judges – Kyle Mooney as Howie Mandel, Sasheer Zamata as Mel B, Kate McKinnon as Heidi Klum, and Beck Bennett as Simon Cowell — each took the stage to belt out a tune. When the audition concluded, the audience erupted and the judges seemed shocked.
"Look at Howie Mandel. It looks like he's never seen this before, but he has, a lot!" the voiceover hilariously declared. The video reel later shows snapshots of former real-life contestants Michael Ketterer and Vicki Barbolak to further make fun of the judges' reactions to the talent on stage.
After the four-minute sketch aired, it quickly caught the attention of many members of the AGT family, including Howie himself, who seemed to really get a kick out of Kyle's impression of him.
What's more, fifth place finalist Michael Ketterer took to Twitter the next day to express how much he loved the sketch.
"Hahahaha! SNL did a parody of and guess who’s on it! Lol! They even sing my same finals performance Ain’t No Mountain, except they got all the words right! Lol!" .
Comedian and finalist Vicki Barbolak, seeing Michael's tweet, also acknowledged how "magical" it was. She then suggested that NBC should try to get more members of the AGT crew together to go on SNL. Of course, Michael enthusiastically agreed.
The inspiration for the sketch seemed to be, in part, drawn from real-life criticism AGT has received. Many made it clear during season 13 that they didn't like the fact that some of the contestants had already been on other reality competitions before (or that the judges acted like they had never heard of them). And so, it appears SNL decided to make fun of the backlash all in the name of a good chuckle. Looks like it paid off!